My Thirteenth Winter by Samantha Abeel
A Memoir

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In this beautiful and chilling memoir, twenty-four-year-old Samantha Abeel describes living with dyscalculia, a math-related learning disability.

Samantha Abeel tells her own story of living with and overcoming dyscalculia. She describes in painstaking detail how her life was affected by her learning disability before and after she was diagnosed, and the way her peers, her family, and her teachers treated her.
In seventh grade, Samantha suffered anxiety attacks as she struggled to keep up in her classes, to remember two locker combinations, and to deal with new teachers. Samantha was eventually placed in Special Education classes in eighth grade, but she continued to feel anxious about her future.
 

About Samantha Abeel

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Samantha Abeel was a gifted child who excelled at language arts, yet she often had trouble with seemingly simple math problems. In her seventh-grade creative writing class, Samantha found refuge from the endless classes focused on math, measurements and algebra. When her parents enlisted the aid of an English teacher to help Samantha focus on her strength by creating writing assignments to be critiqued, she began the project that would become her first book, Reach for the Moon.
 
Published January 1, 2005 by Perfection Learning. 203 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Education & Reference, Children's Books. Non-fiction

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Evocative, elegant prose tells the true, first-person story of Samantha’s difficult childhood navigating a learning disability.

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She examines her painful childhood, when she felt isolated from her peers and was fraught with anxieties about her inability to measure time and distance ("I feel so far away from everyone, removed, alone in my ignorance.

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Abeel provides startling descriptions of the attitudes toward kids in special education, including an example whereby someone asked why she was in that type of math class when she was a "nice girl."

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Our star rating assesses the media's overall quality.Find out more Parents need to know that this memoir chronicles the author's challenges with dyscalculia, a learning disability that affects her ability to accomplish tasks related to sequential processing.

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